My writing friends – I’ve decided to use each Monday as an opportunity to post a thought-provoking quote and write a few words about how I see the idea coloring my writing week. Let me know what you think about this idea.
I’ve written a lot of really bad stuff over the years, and tossed the majority. I’ve also come to understand that allowing myself to make mistakes (or, as one of my readers said: allow yourself to be terrible) is a more valuable piece of advice than I could have predicted.
I remember sitting on the steps of my patio years ago, reading the opening paragraph of an article I was writing for Astronomy magazine. As I reworked and reworked the graph, I realized that the only thing I had accomplished was editing the heart out of the piece. The words were perfectly fine and perfectly correct, but the feeling – the “getting it” – was gone. I had allowed myself to make mistakes but I hadn’t known which of them to keep. By discarding all of the words, I’d thrown away the blood.
I worked hard to get some creativity back into the opening paragraphs and this is what I ended up creating. (It was written about visiting Meteor Crater in Arizona) . . . keep reading